Dublin was lined with colour on Saturday as tens of thousands of people turned out to celebrate Pride.
The bright spectacle had a “Rebel Rebel” theme in honour of the late David Bowie as well as the 1916 Easter Rising. It also marked one year since the marriage equality referendum, which saw a popular vote lead to the legalisation of same-sex marriage in Ireland.
Revellers packed the streets as they showed their support for the LGBT community, especially the 49 victims of the recent Orlando nightclub shooting.
Unfortunately, in spite of the result of the 2015 referendum, the latest LGBT Ireland report found that some members of the community suffer from discrimination and harassment as a result of their sexuality.
This sadly came to light when a man sustained serious injuries in a suspected homophobic attack following the event. The victim, said to be in his early 30s, was struck in the Dame Lane area of Dublin at around 11.30pm.
He was taken to St James’ Hospital in the south inner city before being transferred to Beaumont Hospital, which specialises in treatment for head injuries.
Despite being in a critical condition initially, he is expected to recover from his injuries. Gardaí do not believe the attacker was known to the victim prior to the assault, and they are appealing to anyone with information.